It’s time for defensive worms

To Inform is to Influence

By Dave Aitel, Contributor, CSO | AUG 10, 2017 6:56 AM PT

Sometimes your best defense is infectious…

We’re entering a new age of cybersecurity, where worms will be just as critical for defense as they are for offense. This is going to surprise many people in the security industry, who for many years have thought of worms as only a malicious tool.

To provide some historical context, for the past 10+ years, the security community and government have been obsessed with botnets and “Advanced Persistent Threats.” Most of the defensive tools and strategies, as well as cyber laws, regulations and policies, are centered around these threats. But the truth is, worms are the real basis of many of the most advanced actors on the stage. After all, what were Stuxnet, Flame and Duqu but worms at heart? All top-line nation-state tools are capable of self-replication, as autonomous…

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